Today’s Reading: Exodus 36
1 So Bezalel, Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the Lord has given skill and ability to know how to carry out all the work of constructing the sanctuary are to do the work just as the Lord has commanded. - Exodus 36:1
In chapters 34 and 35 cover the new tablets that were necessary because of disobedience and a description of Moses’ radiant face. A word about that before we move on. We should not expect a radiant face like Moses because it was unique, but our countenance should radiate the presence of Christ in our life. The way we carry ourselves should in some way radiate the love, mercy and grace of God. In chapter 36 we have the continuation of the story behind those who were picked to build the tabernacle. This was not a project any volunteer could lead, but one the Lord specifically gifted specific people to carry out from start to finish. At times the Lord’s work requires excellence which is only attained when the skills and gifts of particularly called men and women respond in obedience to what the Lord is directing. The plans were laid out, the details were before them, Bezalel and Oholiab and all their specifically called and talented laborers were then tasked to follow the instructions in total obedience. When it comes to the Lord’s work, whether building a tabernacle or feeding the hungry, excellence is never a bad thing. Extravagance and excellence is not the same thing. We are to do what we are called to do and to do it in obedience to the Lord and in a way that honors Him. I am confident God calls people to the most excellent way. Excellence is fluid. In involves obedience and honor. It’s not just getting by. It not being over the top. Your skill and ability is just what God needs for a particular task he will call people to. We must listen and respond. And obey.
Heavenly Father, we give thanks and praise for gifting people with skill and ability to do your work with excellence. Our prayer is that you will use us to your glory and enable us to respond when you are calling. And respond with being obedient to your will and not our plans. May your power show forth through our obedience as we do excellent work for your kingdom. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.